Niki of Chicagolicious Wants Everyone to Keep it Professional
Professionalism is imperative at AJ's of Chicago, and Howard's flirting I deem completely unprofessional! I realized Howard's flirting was a problem when I received the first complaint about it from a client. I mentioned it to AJ initially, but he ignored it. That left me no choice but to take matters in my own hands. Listen, I love Howard, but this is business!
As long as I've known Howard, he has been a huge flirt. He flirts with me. He flirts with everyone...anyone. So, I'm not unfamiliar with his behavior. However, when it begins to impede the flow of positive energy in the salon, that's where I draw the line!
I thought the society gala was well-produced. I enjoyed it - with the exception of a few details, namely the staff! Firstly, the fight between Valincia and Katrell was just embarrassing! With so many important people at this event, I couldn't believe the way Valincia was acting. She has to remember herself when we're in public. What happened to professionalism? I hold Valincia to task because she's the eldest! In Katrell's case, she has to learn how to be less responsive to Valincia just being herself. Yet again, as the salon manager, it is my responsibility to make certain that everyone is playing their part and holding up their end of the bargain.
In spite of everything...yes, I loved it! I thought the end result was beautiful. I went into it knowing about the high probability of there being a fight between Valincia and Katrell. When the two of them are close in proximity there's bound to be a fight! However, their creative outcome is amazing. Maybe it's all just a part of their process.
The hardest part of preparing for the gala was making sure that everything went off without a hitch, including makeup and hair! But also including Valincia and Katrell - although that wasn't part of my responsibility!
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